Since I’ve updated this list several times, I thought I’d post the updated version. You can see the older one here, but I have been updating it.
I’ve met the creator Kristen, who is wonderful, and you can usually see each collection that she’s working on in her blog posts. Aromaleigh has over 400 eye shadows (I’m guessing they’ll have 500 soon) and some really gorgeous colors. I absolutely love their LE collections. Try their lip balms and lipsticks, too. Sweet is a FANTASTIC nude pink lip. From having purchased countless products from Aromaleigh, I can assure you that these are well made products with a proper base. You can read my review here.
While not technically mineral makeup, they are an online makeup company. They have over 200 eye shadows and they make some amazing, complex colors, like their Arcane Magic line. These guys are awesome! Check out their lip lustres! Their lip lustres have replaced MAC’s lipglasses as my favorite lip product. Their eye shadows have a great base. Their shades are quite complex, so some are best worn by patting on the color, or by using Pixie Epoxy. You can read my review here.
Tammy from Meow definitely makes her own colors. Check out the Halloween release for some gorgeous shades. They have a ton of amazing blushes and foundation, too. She also does holiday releases such as the Friday the 13th shades that come out every Friday the 13th. My favorite shades are from the Friday the 13th collection. Other colors I really like are from the Fall 2008 release, as well as many of the Holiday releases, like the Christmas colors and Halloween collections. The Egyptian collection is pretty as well. You can read my review here.
Elle from Spell makes her own colors. She uses a 3-tier balancing system which accommodates for opacity, luminosity, & colour intensity. For instance, the Loaded Collection is opaque with high colour intensity. The Laura Christoper Collection is sheer, luminous with high colour density. Her Jewel Thief collection is a very pretty metallic collection for fall. These colors are very buttery smooth and blend easily. You can read my review here.
Ellie from DreamWorld makes her own eye shadows. She’s got some really interesting collections, too. She likes vibrant color She also will take customer requests, which is really nice. She has some very gorgeous, complex colors that look good over colored bases.
Sassy Minerals is a relatively new company that I had the opportunity to try out right around when the company launched their line. They did everything right with their launch, from having a professional site to wonderful products! The eye shadows in particular are fantastic. Their blushes are also very nice. You can read my review here.
I’ve spoken with Karen Stark of Silk Naturals and she told me that she does make all of her own products, and anything not made by Silk Naturals is clearly marked as such. She also carries a skincare line, and makes some great vegan versions of popular shades. If you’re looking for MAC Parrot, you can find her version of it here. Having tried their products, I have been happy with everything that I’ve tried. She puts a lot of work into her lipsticks and eye shadows. I love the luster of these eye shadows, and they apply very smoothly. The lipsticks are really nice, too. You can read my review here.
Sugarpill is a new company started by Amy, aka Shrinkle, and her shadows are fantastic! They’re highly pigmented and easy to work with. You can read my review about her products here.
Hi Fi Cosmetics
Veronica of Hi-Fi Cosmetics, a relatively new company, contacted me asking to be added to this list. After I spoke with her, I am indeed convinced that she makes her own makeup. She is a makeup artist whose goal is to give something unique and beautiful back to the makeup community. My favorite color is Live Large and it looks amazing when used with Pixie Epoxy. You can read my review here.
They’ve got some nice eye shadows that I know Melissa makes herself, and AMAZING vegan lipsticks. My favorites in the lipsticks are probably Nightshade,Gargoyle, Azalea, and Ice Queen. In the eye shadows Druscilla’s Sister, Transylvanian Twist, Broomstick, Coraline and Glitter Ghoul steal my heart. Her lipsticks are some of the best that I have ever used, hands down. You can read my review here.
Beauty from the Earth
Beauty from the Earth contacted me to let me know that while they do sell some repackaged products, they are clearly marked as Primaries, and they are carried by customer request. The rest of their eye shadows are their own custom blends. They’ve got some really fun duochrome colors.
This is a fantastic, relatively new company that makes custom lipsticks, cheek and lip stains, eye shadows, perfumes etc. I really like the lipsticks and cheek and lip stains.
This is a relatively new company and they do custom blend their own shades. They also carry nail polish. Check out their Banshee gloss! Their holographic colors are gorgeous. You can read my review here.
Beautiful Girl Minerals
Gina from Beautiful Girl Minerals makes her own eye shadows and she even sometimes makes shades at customer’s requests or suggestions. Try her lip glosses as well! You can read my review here.
Glamour Doll Eyes
Glamour Doll Eyes is a relatively new mineral makeup company but Vee does a great job at making beautiful colors. Glam Girl is an outrageously bright purple. Galaxy, which is a matte black with purple glitter, and Disco White, which is a white matte with aqua glitter, are two of my favorite colors from her. Check out her glitters too! She lists unblended shades honestly, too. You can read my review here.
High Voltage Cosmetics
This is an up and coming company that makes all of their own shadows. Peek at their stuff! You can read my review here. They have some gorgeous duochromes and some nice lippies and perfumes too.
I spoke with the owner Kimberly via email and she confirmed that they formulate every one of their products from scratch. They also do custom blending for wholesale clients. Having tried their eye shadows and lipsticks, I definitely like them. Their fresh lemon cleansing mousse is awesome. Their eye shadows are lovely and if you’re looking for that perfect taupe shade, check out Mushroom. You can read my review here.
When I emailed Medusa’s Makeup to ask if they made their own products, they replied back with, “The majority of our products, eye dust, glitter, body shimmer/blush, lip gloss are all made in our Chicago facility.” So while I think their pressed shadows are private label, I think that their loose eye dusts, etc are made and have a base added to them. Regardless, they have EXCELLENT customer service. I have placed an order, had an item go missing, immediately called Medusa, got a person on the phone, and they sent out a replacement right away, along with a bonus item. Also, I love their makeup brushes. You can read my review of their makeup here. You can see my review on their brushes here.
I have it confirmed that they do make their own eye shadows, blushes and foundations. They tend to make softer colors, but my favorites from Mixology are Starlight, Suga, Soot, Armor, and Bones.
This is a very new company and they do custom blend their own shades. They have a lot of gorgeous colors. I really like Gasoline Rainbow. You can read my review here.
They make their own eye shadows and they even have some special mica-free blends for those individuals who are sensitive to mica. I actually think having mica-free products, such as shadows and highlighters and foundations etc is really cool. While I have emailed the company, I’ve never received a response to my email, but I’ve never had a problem with an order and the turn around time is reasonable.
Fusion of Color
Kathy of Fusion of Color makes her own eye shadows. I have tried them and they’re nice soft colors. She also makes her own lip products. I particularly like Cashmere Creme. You can read my review here.
Suds n’ Sass
Beth from Suds n’ Sass makes her own eye shadows as well as other products. I’m convinced that she makes pretty stuff! Check out Magical and Cornflower! Also, her perfumes are nice, especially Seductive Charm and Perfect Kiss!
I emailed the owner after she asked me to review her makeup and she confirmed that she makes her own shadows. I reviewed their products and found them to be nice and perfect for everyday wear. While I couldn’t find a foundation match, the eye shadows were nice. You can read my review here.
Abbey St. Clare
I contacted Margaret Hardy and she was very sweet. She emailed me back letting me know that she does indeed make her own makeup and skin products. She started formulating makeup based on her customers’ requests for makeup. She avoids bismuth oxychloride and adds Vitamin C and Allantion.
The companies that I would avoid would be:
Orglamix and Urban Apothecary and my experience with them, as they are owned by the same person.
Stardust Cosmetics You can read my review here.
FaceFront (here is my experience with FaceFront),
Lime Crime (here is my friend Ana’s experience with Lime Crime and here is my friend Saila’s experience with them, and here is my friend Lillian’s),
Archetype Cosmetics (here is Le Gothique Grey’s experience with them)
Glitter Sniffer (here is my experience with them)
Calypso Minerals (here is Gothique Grey’s experience with them),
Taylor Made Minerals
Sweet Libertine Mineral Cosmetics
The She Space
Everyday Minerals (you can read Hoyden’s horror story, or read the Beauty Frugalista‘s story)
Pure Luxe Cosmetics (because of the comment that they left at the Mineral Makeup Mutiny which shows the nature of the owner)
Here is an update from Ana about Lime Crime.
If you are a company that blends your own eye shadows or other products and you would like to be added to this list, please contact me.
You should also join the Mineral Makeup Mutiny!
Awesome list thanks so much! Also Sanna in Sweden from the MakeupMyLack blog has a new line of her own called Brite Bird. They are awesome!
Hey Vampy I'll contact Sanna and ask her about her makeup and if she wants to be added.
The link to my rant has been changed. Here is the updated url
Hi G,Thank you for updating me on yours, I updated the link
Thanks so much for posting this list! It's really helpful. I've never purchased any custom blended mineral eyeshadows before and this is going to be a great resource.
Great post, thanks!! I've also used a few items from Earthen Glow Minerals (egminerals.com) – not too many, just a few samples to give it a try. It seems they make their own pigments and some are pretty bright. Not sure if you've ever tried them.
Hi Lillian,I'm glad I can help
Hi Katrina,I've n ot heard of Earthen glow but I'll check them out
Thanks for an updated list! While I generally check out most makeup companies recommended, I don't always buy right away, so it's nice to have a list of where I should check in one place (and I'm still recommending that you check out Detrivore).
Darn it, I knew there was a company someone recommended that I kept forgetting, it's gotta be Detrivore!
If you're looking for color recs for when you order from them, I really like Lifeless, Dagon, Ancient, Cremains, Shroud, Mildew, Sexualis, Lush, Lurid, Putrid, Gizmo, Psychopathia, Killjoy, Disturbia, Swine, Vile, Dr. West, Vaccine, Ectoplasm, Marine, Roswell, and Saphrophyte.
Please don't forget Silk Naturals – http://www.silknaturals.com; I love Meow Cosmetics like you do but my joint favourite would have to be Silk Naturals and they really deserve a mention on your list. The owner, Karen, really listens to what her customers want and all of her shades are hand blended. The only dupes she sells are clones of big name brand popular colours i.e. Mac, Bobbi Brown etc. Their customer service is excellent, dispatch time is lightning quick & you get a free LE shadow with every purchase over $10, pus for every $30 you spend get a free shadow of your choice. They also have a skincare line, cream blush, cream liners, lipsticks & glosses galore.
Hi Kitten,I've never heard of them. I'll send them an email. The companies I have listed so far I've either bought from personally and tried out, or emailed with them personally to ascertain how they make things. I don't have a problem with companies that clearly mark something as a duplicate or prepackaged. I just have a problem when I feel like the company is lying to people.
Hi Kitten,I sent Karen Stark of Silk Naturals an email. I'll let you know when I hear from her.
Great list and fantastic personal insight. I love the way this whole thing has brought the mmu community closer together and made it easier for us die hards to find the real indies. Great work to everyone and I hope you know I'm totally linking this on MBB this week!!
Hi Mo,Thank you so much!And that would be awesome if you'd link
I support this in theory. But I've dealt repeatedly with Jen of Calypso Minerals and while yes, there was a time when her shipping was slow (partly due to growing business, I think), I think she's fantastic and her product are incredible. I'm surprised that Archetype, however, is listed in the "positive" list as it's been more than a month since I — and several others who ordered with me — have ordered and not only haven't we received our makeup, but we've also not received responses to many e-mails, no notification or indication of when our orders will even possibly be shipped or anything similar. And frankly I'll order quite a lot from Calypso happily, but Archetype will never see another cent from me.
Hi Quiara,I list Archetype because they state on their website how long it should take to receive an order. All of the orders I've placed with them have arrived within that time frame.
They state:"Currently demand is pretty high and we're running around 3 to 6 weeks approximately… I know that's a wide variable but we tend to average 4 weeks to 5 weeks pretty regularly. "
If you don't receive your order, you can always file a complaint with PayPal.
I haven't ordered from Calypso and have been hesitant to order because of what I've read.
Thanks for the list. I'm glad that my favorites actually blend their own products.
Hi Aileen,You're welcome
Hey Phyrra! You have great blog!!! I've seen that You have ordered from Pure Luxe too (3 posts about them). I really love Pure Luxe's products and customer service, but I didn't find them from the list?Best regards, Sil.
Hi Sil,Yes I have ordered from Pure Luxe.But I haven't spoken to the owner to ascertain how they make their products.
Hello – thanks for the list. I've used Alima and Monave. Are they repackagers or do they make their own MMU?
Hi Su,I've never personally purchased from Alima or Monave. However, both Alima and Monave are on the approved list for the Mineral Makeup Mutiny:http://mineralmakeupmutiny.wordpress.com/
Oh balls, I missed what happened over at the Mutiny, but I'm sure she'll be happy to know that it makes me feel better about my long-ago decision not to purchase from her again.
hi PhyrrA!I can't seem to find the "comment" that was made by the owner of Pure Luxe on MMM. Just when I was starting to think I might order from this company, since I was impressed with the color descriptions of her FaLL LE.
Hi Shattered,Yep, I know what you mean. I tried her products and wasn't really that impressed with them. Now I know why.
Hi Starlight,I took a picture of her comment and posted it up above. It can be found here:http://mineralmakeupmutiny.wordpress.com/2009/11/14/rainbows-skittles-gumballs-brights-roygbiv/It's the first comment on that blog entry, but you can see it up above in my post now.
Thanks,Phyrra. I recall all the blogging Miss K did over this issue. Man, some people have the nerve, don't they?!
This is one of the most helpful posts, thank you.
One question I have though is you have put "The She Space" under companies to avoid. I've also been following Mineral Makeup Mutiny, and they have categorized "The She Space" as reliable company. Generally, I've noticed your lists of companies that are reliable are fairly parallel, so I was a bit confused. Is there a reason for this? I've never bought from this company, so I wouldn't know if it was due to repackaging or just bad customer service.
Hi Kyuubified,I've purchased from the She Space and been disappointed with their shadows. I found the quality to be hit or miss. Therefore, I wouldn't recommend them and I would avoid them. Also, they're going out of business. They may make their own products, but that doesn't mean that they're products I want to recommend or think that they're good to use.
MAN I'm glad I always check your blog! I was getting ready to make an order from Pure Luxe and checked it against this post to make sure it was a good company. Needless to say, I deleted the order. I can recognize the repacked POP! minerals for myself since I own them, and the one color I wanted from her isn't exactly exclusive anyways. Thanks again!
Hi Dominique,You're very welcome
I just wonder why Taylor Made Minerals are on the avoid list?
Thank you for doing this list!
They’re on the list because they repackage.
If you check out my ‘Creative Companies’ page on my site, it has the most updated list.
You’re quite welcome!